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October 4, 2002

Purdue Galleries presents global printmaking exhibit

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Galleries will present a diverse display of prints from artists around the world beginning Oct. 14.

"Global Matrix: an International Print Exhibition" will be exhibited at the Robert L. Ringel Gallery in the Purdue Memorial Union and the Stewart Center Gallery from Monday, Oct. 14, through Sunday, Nov. 24. A reception will be held in both galleries from 4:30-6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17.

From humble beginnings of scratched plates and cut wood blocks being inked and pressed to paper, the art of the print has spread to all corners of the globe. Craig Martin, director of Purdue Galleries, says printmaking has grown and developed conceptually due to the contributions of an ever-growing circle of international artists.

"It serves as an instrument of democratic communication and as a fine art form of limitless potential," Martin says. "The imagery and techniques identified with print enclaves in various parts of the world can readily be seen in the works of artists with different languages and different cultures, separated by thousands of miles."

Martin worked together with Kim Vito, associate professor of art at Wright State University, and Kathryn Reeves, professor of art at Purdue, to present "Global Matrix." Vito and Martin previously collaborated on the exhibition and CD-ROM production, "The Democratic Print: A National Survey of Contemporary Relief Printmaking," for the Wright State Art Galleries. Reeves has curated such print exhibitions as "Contemporary Scottish Prints" and the first two Mid America Print Council Exhibitions and has coordinated traveling exhibitions for the Southern Graphics Council.

With more than 1,500 images submitted for jurying by more than 300 artists from 33 countries, Martin says the selection process posed challenges.

"The work demonstrated a widely diverse use of imagery and technique, with both traditional methods and new technologies being successfully incorporated – in several instances within the same piece," Martin says.

The exhibit will feature 78 works representing 67 individual artists from 19 countries. A selection of the works to be exhibited has been posted in a virtual exhibition on the Purdue Galleries Web site at http://www.purdue.edu/galleries. A full-color catalog also has been produced to accompany the show.

The display was developed in collaboration with the Wright State University Art Galleries in Dayton, Ohio, as a traveling exhibition.

After showing at Purdue, "Global Matrix" will be presented at the Wright State University Art Galleries. The exhibit also is scheduled to tour to various locations in the United States throughout 2003 and into 2004.

The tour includes stops at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum in Fort Dodge, Iowa; the Sarah Moody Gallery at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; the Higgins Art Gallery at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, Mass.; the Clara M. Eagle Gallery at Murray State University in Murray, Ky.; and the Altgeld Gallery at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.

Greater Lafayette art teachers will visit Purdue for a participatory introduction to the "Global Matrix" exhibit and an overview of the galleries' exhibits and collections. The opportunity for classroom presentations by Purdue Galleries staff is being explored.

The Robert L. Ringel Gallery in the Purdue Memorial Union and the Stewart Center Gallery in Stewart Center are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; until 8 p.m. on Thursday; and from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.

CONTACT: Martin, (765) 494-3061, gallery@purdue.edu.

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: A publication-quality photo of the print "In The Land of Her Soul" by Alicia Candiani is available at ftp://ftp.purdue.edu/pub/uns/martin.matrix.jpeg.

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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